"Wonder Woman" Outperforms "The Mummy", Remains #1 At US Weekend Box Office

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

Despite a poor critical reception and a mixed audience reaction, the Dark Universe launching pad performed as expected overseas, earning over $141.8 million from 63 territories, which, combined with its subpar domestic haul of $32.2 million, will give it a massive worldwide opening of $174 million, the largest global opening for a Tom Cruise film ever.

The first film in the Dark Universe series opened in second spot, trailing the second outing of Warner Bros' Wonder Woman; mirroring the U.S. results last weekend. Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot passed the $200 million mark domestically after 10 days in release, and kept its hold on the #1 position with a $57 million second weekend take.

Universal is launching its monster-mashup "Dark Universe" with The Mummy - next up, the still-uncast Bride of Frankenstein in 2019 - in an attempt to build what Marvel and DC have for their men (and now women, praise Zeus) in tights.

The Mummy now has a score of 4.3/10 on reviews aggregator Douban and 6.6/10 on ticketing platform Weying, considerably lower than the other Hollywood titles on release - Wonder Woman scores 7.3/10 on Douban and 8.5/10 on Weying, while Pirates 5 sits at 7.4 and 8.7, respectively. In the end, it seems there is an audience for the film, just not in America.

Writer-director Trey Edward Shults' It Comes at Night aimed for more discerning horror fans. Tom Cruise starred in the latest update of the property, with Sofia Boutella in the title role of the mummy. As it turned out, the movie earned an estimated $32.2 million, underperforming against its own lowered expectations.

The Mummy is now playing in theaters worldwide.

- Notable new releases "It Comes At Night" and "Megan Leavey" start below the Top 5. "We're looking forward to Bill Condon's movie". The budget was small at $6 million, but even there it will have trouble making a profit when marketing costs come into play.

In limited release, "My Cousin Rachel" is tracking to break $1 million from 523 locations. Where available, the latest worldwide numbers also are included. Because of the date-and-date opening, number of territories, and number of screens, of course, it will be Cruise's largest worldwide opening.

EOne's A Dog's goal hasn't lost its bite, snaring $220,000 in its sixth lap on 104, virtually unchanged from last week, to reach $4.5 million.

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